Echoes from the Vault

The National Library of Finland (from Wikimedia Commons).[/caption]

On Monday, 13 August 2012, IFLA’s Rare Book and Manuscript Sectionhosted a special topic day during the WLIC2012 event. This was a full-day conference held off of the WLIC site at the National Library of Finland. This library sits at the heart of downtown Helsinki and is a beautiful example of 19th century Empire architecture, blending nicely into the surrounding square. The conference included a tour of the library’s main rooms as well as a guided tour of the current exhibitions on offer by our kind host Sirkka Havu, Rare Books Librarian at the National Library of Finland. The conference took place in one of the educational rooms of the library, normally providing around 50 seats, however the day was so popular that at its height there were close to 80 observers crammed into the room…

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